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April 20, 2006

Worker Memorial Day set for April 26

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will honor the memories of more than 100 workers who died as a result of job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington in 2005 at its Worker Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the L&I headquarters in Tumwater.

The ceremony is Washington state’s official Worker Memorial Day commemoration and is one of many held in communities across the nation. This event will mark L&I’s 13th year of hosting a special ceremony to recognize and honor fallen workers.

“Worker Memorial Day is a somber reminder that there is still much work to do to make sure every worker in Washington returns home safely at the end of the day,” said L&I Director Gary Weeks. “We honor those who died last year by pledging to do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from being repeated.”

The simple ceremony will open with a welcome by Weeks. Speakers include Ron Judd of the Governor’s Office, Don Brunell of the Association of Washington Business, Alan Link of the Washington State Labor Council and Andy Rowlson from Washington Self‑Insurers’ Association.

Family members of workers who died in 2005 have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. The centerpiece of the ceremony is a reading of the names of the workers, accompanied by bell ringers from the Washington State Council of Firefighters.

L&I’s headquarters building is located at 7273 Linderson Way S.W. in Tumwater (exit 101 from Interstate 5).

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Media contact: Elaine Fischer at 360-902-5413 or at nele235@LNI.wa.gov. Or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.LNI.wa.gov/News.

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The Department of Labor & Industries will hold its annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. April 26. The ceremony honors more than 100 Washington workers who died from on‑the-job injuries or illnesses in 2005.

Family members of the workers have been invited, and the observance is open to the public. L&I Director Gary Weeks will speak, along with representatives from business, labor and government. The ceremony includes a reading of the names of the workers who died, accompanied by ceremonial bell-tolling.

It will be held at L&I’s headquarters building in Tumwater at 7273 Linderson Way Southwest.


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